Sujatha BK, Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Center, India
Dr Sujatha BK Senior Lecturer Department of Public Health Dentistry Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Center ITPL, Whitefield Bangalore Education Details: BDS: JSS Dental College and Hospital, Mysore- 2000 -2005 MDS: Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere-2009-2012 PGDDM: IGNOU -2015 Professional Experience: 3 years 2012 – till date: Senior lecturer, Department of Public Health Dentistry Vydehi Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Centre, Bengaluru -560066 Academic achievements: Has 12 scientific publications in different national and international journals into credit. One of the contributors of clinical manual in Public Health Dentistry by Dr. D.P Narayan Research personnel with adequate knowledge in Biostatistics and Research methodology and Epidemiology. Qualified PG Diploma graduate in Disaster management.
Literacy is one of the determinants of health. In order to achieve health one should understand the preventive and curative measures available and methods to utilize the same which in turn demands health literacy. Health literacy is a set of understandings and skills that contribute to health and wellbeing. Health Literacy is inextricably linked to the betterment of oral health. Efforts to reduce costs spent to treat oral diseases and oral health disparities cannot succeed without simultaneous improvements in health literacy of the public, health care providers and policy makers, as all these factors influence the understanding of dental concepts, share personal and health information with providers, participate in their health care and that of their children, navigate the health care system, including locating providers and services, act on health related news and announcements. Hence, the need of the hour is to improve the critical concept of oral health literacy which is a pathway to decrease the disparities in oral health and achieve oral health equity.